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October 4, 2021

Celebrate American Archives Month with K-State Libraries

Submitted by Cailin Riley

Throughout October, the Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections at K-State Libraries will recognize American Archives Month. American Archives Month celebrates the importance of historical records, their enduring value and also recognizes the people and programs responsible for maintaining them.  

Several events are scheduled, including a three-part series titled "Archives and Absence: The Role of Institutional Archive in Retaining Culture Memory" presented by three K-State Libraries' archivists in coordination with the K-State First Book programmingRegistration is required to attend these virtual events. 

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 at noon. 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 at noon.

Additionally, Special Collections and University Archives staff will offer a tour of their spaces and selected collections on Thursday, Oct. 28. Participants must register online to attend a tour. You can also get an inside peek of the collections by following the Libraries on FacebookInstagramTwitter and TikTok

Special Collections and University Archives is on the fifth floor of Hale Library and is currently open by appointment. Materials in Special Collections are available for anyone to use.  

The Special Collections staff, which includes librarians and a team of archivists, works to acquire, preserve and provide access to records relating to the consumer movement, cookery, Kansas life and culture and K-State history.  

  • The Consumer Movement Archives includes the records of individuals and organizations that advocate for the rights and welfare of consumers.  
  • The cookery collection at Kansas State University is the largest collection of its kind that is available at a public university. It includes more than 38,000 volumes related to cookery dating from 1487 to present.  
  • The Kansas life and culture collection contains documents that highlight Kansas history, agriculture and rural life.  
  • The university archives relate to the history of K-State, including institutional and administrative records and the papers of faculty, staff, students and affiliated organizations.  

More information about Special Collections and University Archives can be found on its website

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